Ugly Christmas Sweaters for Holiday Fun

My kids have been asking for ugly Christmas sweaters for quite awhile. One year, when we were getting together with family for the holidays, everyone wore their ugliest sweater. It was a lot of fun to see all the different sweaters. I knew that this year, whether we do the ugly sweaters or not, I wanted to make sure I got my kids an ugly Christmas sweater each!

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Ugly Christmas Sweaters for All

The sweaters at the Ugly Christmas sweater site are awesome! I had a really hard time choosing one for my kids. For my son, I opted to get him a Star Wars sweater. Personally, I don’t find the sweater to be very ugly. I kind of like it! However, when he opened it he yelled, “YES! Now I have an ugly Christmas sweater”!

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As you can tell, he is VERY happy to have this sweater. The site suggested to order a size up. Normally I would have ordered him an Adult S. This is an Adult M. It is slightly too big for him, but I think the Adult S would have been too small. So definitely keep that in mind when you are ordering.

My daughter is obsessed with Harry Potter. When I saw a Harry Potter sweater, I knew I had to get it for her! She can’t wait until it is cold enough for her to wear it. She will wear this sweater all the time…I just know it!

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Like the Star Wars ugly Christmas sweater, you will want to order the Harry Potter sweater up one size. Bella is wearing an Adult L. As you can see, it is a little bit big, but one growth spurt and it won’t be big at all!

Definitely check the site out! You can even customize your own sweater! I can see my family coming up with some pretty interesting options for ugly sweaters! If you are wanting an ugly sweater this year, be sure to check the site out soon! You don’t want to run the risk the sweater you like getting sold out!


4 Differences Between Low- and High-Quality Boots

You know you want to buy a nice pair of boots, but you have no idea where to start. You may want to plunge in and buy the first stylish pair you see, but know that there is a lot more to a good pair of boots than first meets the eye. In order to find the right pair of high-quality boots for you, you need to know what characteristic define a good boot. Here are your four tips to help you find the perfect pair of boots that will benefit both your style and your feet!

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Stitching

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Lower quality boots generally employ glued-in soles as opposed to the soles being stitched into the boot. This is because soles that are glues in are cheaper to manufacture, but come at the cost of wearing out more easily. A high-end pair of boots will be threaded, which holds ever feature of the sole together. The highest quality boots, such as Ariat Women’s Performance Vaquera Distressed Brown Western Boots, feature hand-nailed soles.

Grain

Between full grain and corrected grain leather, higher quality boots will typically be full grain leather. Full grain leather will have an unblemished texture that isn’t tampered with when manufacturing the boot. This type of leather ages remarkably well in the long-run, so if you want to guarantee quality leather for years to come, full grain is the right choice for you. Corrected grain leather is of cheaper quality and has been synthesized to give off the appearance of consistency. This doesn’t possess the natural quality of the full grain and won’t allow much freedom for your feet.

Lining

If you want the best boot for your buck, then you are going to want to look at the lining of the boots you’re interested in purchasing. High quality lining will use leather to accommodate the wearer’s feet. Treading on wet surfaces, or sweaty feet won’t hinder the leather lining. This keeps your feet cool and negates any feeling of dampness. Lower quality boots tend to favor rubber, fabric, or materials such as polyester as a lining. These materials don’t allow moisture to be absorbed, leading to quicker wear and tear.

Ability to Be Resoled

Resoleable boots have the capacity to last for decades, and can be easily resolved by either hand or machine. The multi-level process involves adding a buffer between the insole and outsole, thereby providing the boot with a protective layer. Lower quality boots won’t be able to be resoled, meaning you will need to completely replace them once the sole wears out. Look for boots specifically featuring the Goodyear Welt, which is regarded as the most durable way to construct a boot. This method utilizes a strip of leather or rubber around the perimeter of the boot’s sole, which is then lockstitched to the sole, the upper, and the insole.

When looking to select a fashionable pair of boots that embody all of the factors listed above, know that the most exceptional will be found in the best manufacturers in Western markets. Keep these tips in mind, and you are sure to find fashionable boots that spare no expense in quality.

Travel Bucket List Free Printable

One of the things my husband and I like to do is talk about our future. Don’t most married couples do that? For example, one thing we’ve always said is when my husband retires, we are going to sell our house, get an RV and travel the United States. Right now, we don’t travel a lot due to the kids crazy sports schedules, but believe me, I have a travel bucket list ready! Do you?

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Travel Bucket List

If someone were to ask you what your dream vacation was, what would you say? For me, my dream vacation is not some exotic, foreign country. While it would be nice, I really, really want to see all 50 states. I want to see all the hot spots; all the must see places in my own country. That’s not to say I wouldn’t be thrilled with a vacation to Iceland or something!

Print your Travel Bucket List FREE Printable HERE!

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The nice thing about this FREE Travel Bucket List printable is that you and your husband can sit down and fill it out together. If you really wanted to make it fun, each of you fill out your own sheet, have your kids fill one out and compare lists. Do you have similar tastes in vacations? I know my list will be filled with places in the United States, whereas my husbands would be filled with countries all over the world. As for the kids, I am sure their’s would  be filled all the locations their YouTubers have their videos!

My Favorite Vacation

Like I’ve said before, I prefer to travel within the United States. I want to see all of this country we live in. One of my favorite vacations was when my husband and I took our kids to Arkansas to visit Crater of Diamond State Park. It was the one vacation that, as we were driving home, the kids asked if we could go back again the following year. If you haven’t been there…GO! It’s a 37 acre park where you can dig for diamonds! Whatever you find, you can keep! The kids (and us parents too) had a blast!

Please leave me a comment telling me about YOUR favorite vacation ever! I’d love to see where you all have gone and maybe add another place or two to my list!


The Cutest Halloween Costumes for Babies

When I was pregnant with my daughter and I found out that her due date was in October, I was focused on finding the cutest Halloween costumes for babies. She was only a little over two weeks old on her first Halloween. I ended up finding a super cute pea pod costume for her to wear. While I am most definitely done having kids, I still love looking at all the adorable baby stuff. Especially since I have a new nephew to buy all the baby things for!

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I wish I had a picture of Bella in her little pea pod costume. Unfortunately, I got a virus on my computer back then that literally destroyed every picture I had stored. I know…I was (and still am) totally devastated by that. So let this be a lesson to you all…back up those pictures! I have my pictures backed up and I actually want to sit down and start ordering prints for the kids and put together photo boxes for each of them.

Gender Neutral Halloween Costumes for Babies

The best thing about buying Halloween costumes for babies is that YOU get to choose what they wear. You won’t have any kickback and whatever you dress them in, is what they go as for that year. My son went as a monkey for his first Halloween. It was super cute! If they are really little, like my daughter was, for their first Halloween, the bunting style costumes are perfect!

 

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That little monster costume is so cute! Had I seen that one when my son was little, I would have for sure picked up that one!

Cute Halloween Costumes for Baby Girls

If I knew then what I know now, I would have totally gone all out on the girly costume for my daughters first Halloween costume! Now, at almost 12 years old, she cannot stand anything girly. My favorite costume is the little piggy costume. How adorable is that?!? No matter what you pick you, these Halloween costumes for baby girls are adorable!

 

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Which baby girl costume is your favorite?

Halloween Costumes for Baby Boys

When I had my son over 14 years ago, I felt like they did not have very good choices in clothes or costumes for baby boys. The boys section was so tiny compared to what they offer now. I mean, look at these adorable costumes! The little baby Elvis costume is so cute!

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I honestly don’t know if I could choose just one! If I had a baby now, he’d have little Halloween wardrobe changes!

We are finally at October 1st…Halloween month has begun. Which of these Halloween costumes for babies do you like best? Have you chosen one for your little one yet? I would love to hear what you picked up for your little one!

5 Fascinating Ways Temperature Affects Us

Besides making us feel too hot or too cold, the temperature has several other unusual impacts on our bodies. If you’ve ever wondered how extreme heat and cold can affect us, read on to learn more about some fascinating things that can happen to our minds and bodies.

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Heat Pulls Water From Our Bloodstream

When the sun peaks and the temperature begins to sizzle, our bodies go to work trying to cool us down. When our internal temperatures start to get too high, our heart rates increase and vessels expand to bring extra blood to the outer layer of the skin to release heat. If that doesn’t work, our body’s sweat glads then go to work. Our sweat glands actually draw water directly from our bloodstream to make sweat. The sweat then comes out of our pores to release heat and evaporate to cool us down.

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Temperatures Affect Our Mood

If you’ve ever thought people seem angrier when the temperatures go up, it’s not in your head. Researchers have discovered a link between higher temperatures and human aggression. In on study, intergroup conflicts increased by 14 percent when the temperatures went up. Interestingly, researchers also found that when it rained more than expected, people seemed to get more aggressive. Another study found that women reported decreased life satisfaction on days with higher temperatures and more rain.

Low Temperatures Help the Body Sleep

Not only can temperatures affect us when we’re awake, they also play a role in how well we sleep. When we get ready to go to sleep, our brains automatically decrease our body temperatures. We can help our bodies initiate sleep by keeping our bedroom temperature between 60 and 67 degrees Fahrenheit. Lower temperatures can help us fall asleep faster and get better sleep.

Humidity Also Plays a Key Role

While temperatures obviously affect us in several ways, humidity levels also play a key role in everything from our comfort to our health. When humidity levels are too high, our bodies have to work even harder to cool us down. However, our bodies don’t like it when humidity levels are too low either. Low humidity can severely impact our skin and respiratory systems, causing chapped lips, dry nasal passages, a sore throat, and dry and itchy skin. While you have no control over humidity levels outside, a ventilator in your home’s HVAC system can help moderate indoor humidity levels.

Extreme Heat Causes Hallucinations

It turns out the idea that desert travelers might hallucinate an oasis isn’t that far-fetched after all. In 2014, tennis professional Frank Dancevic was playing in the Australian Open in Melbourne during record heat. He says during the first set he got dizzy and started seeing Snoopy on the court before passing out. Losing too much body fluid from sweating can cause a temperature drop in blood flow to the brain. This can lead to confusion, dizziness, and loss of consciousness.

From changing our mood to impacting our comfort, temperature and humidity play a big role in how our minds and our bodies function.